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Upper East Side, East 59th Street-96th Street, the East River to 5th Avenue. (and East 96th Street-110th Street along 5th Avenue).
The Upper East Side is a neighborhood in the borough of Manhattan in New York City, between Central Park and the East River. The Upper East Side lies within an area bounded by 59th Street, 96th Street, Central Park and the East River. ZIP codes included in this neighborhood are 10021, 10022, 10028, 10075, 10065, 10128.

The Upper East Side, Once known as the 'Silk Stocking District', it has more recently retained its position as the most affluent area of New York City.

The Upper East Side north-south avenues are Fifth Avenue, Madison Avenue, Park Avenue, Lexington Avenue, Third, Second and First Avenues, York Avenue, and East End Avenue (the latter runs only from East 79th Street to East 90th Street).
The Upper East Side stretches from 59th Street to 96th Street (in the zip codes of 10021, 10022, 10065, 10075, 10028, and 10128).
Many realtors used the term "Upper East Side" instead of "East Harlem" to define areas that are north of 96th street such as on 5th ave or areas close by such as 97h street to avoid the negative connotation since people associate the latter with being a less prestigious neighborhood. However, zip codes 10029 and the elected officials that represent east harlem never cross 96th street and they do not refer to their neighborhoods as being part of the Upper East Side.

Cost of living in The Upper East Side:
The Upper East Side maintains one of the highest pricing per square foot in the United States. A 2002 report cited the average cost per square foot as $856; however, that price has noticed a substantial jump, increasing to almost as much as $1,200 per square foot as of 2006.
The only public housing projects for those of low to moderate incomes on the Upper East Side are located close to the neighborhood's northeastern limits, the Holmes Towers and Isaacs Houses.
Government and infrastructure
The United States Postal Service operates post offices at Lenox Hill Station (10021), 221 East 70th Street; Cherokee Station (10075), 1483 York Avenue; Gracie Station (10028), 229 East 85th Street; and Yorkville Station (10128), 1617 3rd Avenue. New Zip codes now include 10065 and 10075

The Upper East Side Transportation:
The Upper East Side is currently served by one subway line, the four-track IRT Lexington Avenue Line (4 5 6 <6>), and local bus routes. Due to severe congestion on the subway and buses, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority is currently building a new subway line, the Second Avenue Subway, along Second Avenue. The first phase will run from 96th Street to 63rd Street, where it will physically connect with the BMT Broadway Line; service will be provided by a northern extension of the Q train. In later phases, the line will be extended north to 125th Street/Park Avenue in Harlem and south to Hanover Square in the Financial District, and a new T service will run its entire length.

The Upper East Side Landmarks and cultural institutions:
The area is host to some of the most famous museums in the world. The string of museums along Fifth Avenue fronting Central Park has been dubbed "Museum Mile." It was once named "Millionaire's Row." Among the cultural institutions on the Upper East Side:
* Cooper–Hewitt, National Design Museum
* El Museo Del Barrio
* Goethe-Institut New York
* Manhattan House, the Skidmore, Owings and Merrill designed mid-century modernist white brick building at 200 E 66th Street, once home to Grace Kelly and Benny Goodman. Landmarked in 2007
* Society of Illustrators
* The 92nd Street Y
* The Asia Society
* The Frick Collection
* The Jewish Museum of New York
* The Metropolitan Museum of Art
* The Museum of the City of New York
* The National Academy of Design
* The Neue Galerie
* The Irish Georgian Society
* The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
* The Whitney Museum of American Art
Upper East Side Political institutions
* The Council on Foreign Relations
Popular Hotels
* Plaza Hotel (technically in Midtown)
* The Carlyle Hotel
* The Pierre
* Bentley Hotel

The Upper East Side Education Primary and secondary schools:
Private schools
Girls' schools
* The Brearley School
* The Chapin School
* The Convent of the Sacred Heart
* Dominican Academy
* The Hewitt School
* Manhattan High School for Girls
* Marymount School
* St. Vincent Ferrer High School
* Nightingale-Bamford School
* Spence School
* St. Jean Baptiste High School
Boys' schools
* Allen-Stevenson School
* The Browning School
* The Buckley School
* St. Bernard's School
* St. David's School
* Regis High School
Coeducational schools
* Birch Wathen Lenox School
* Dalton School
* Loyola School
* Lycée Français de New York
* La Scuola d'Italia Guglielmo Marconi
* Park East School
* Rudolph Steiner School
* Trevor Day School
* Ramaz School

Upper East Side Public schools
New York City Department of Education operates area public schools.
Public lower and middle schools
* PS 183 (Robert Louis Stevenson School)
* PS 77 The Lower Lab school
* East Side Middle School
* PS 6 (Lillie Devereux Blake School)
* PS 158 (East Side Middle School)
* Senator Robert F. Wagner Middle School (JHS 167)
Public high schools
* Talent Unlimited High School
* Eleanor Roosevelt High School
* Hunter College High School
* Urban Academy Laboratory High School

Colleges and universities
* Cornell University Medical School
* Hunter College
* Marymount Manhattan College
* Mount Sinai School of Medicine
* Rockefeller University
* Metropolitan Hospital (NY Medical College)
* New York School of Interior Design
JHS 22 Houston St Lower East Side

The Upper East Side Public libraries:
The New York Public Library operates the 67th Street Branch Library at 328 East 67th Street, near First Avenue, the Yorkville Branch Library, 222 East 79th Street and the 96th Street Branch Library at 112 East 96th Street, near Lexington Avenue.

The Upper East Side Politics:
The Upper East Side is one of few areas of Manhattan where Republicans constitute more than 20% of the electorate. In the southwestern part of the neighborhood Republican voters equal Democratic voters (the only such area in Manhattan), whereas in the rest of the neighborhood Republicans make up between 20 and 40% of registered voters.
The Upper East Side is also notable as a significant location of political fundraising in the United States. Four of the top five ZIP codes in the nation for political contributions are in Manhattan. The top ZIP Code, 10021, is on the Upper East Side and generated the most money for the 2004 presidential campaigns of both George W. Bush and John Kerry.

Many diplomatic missions are located in former mansions on the Upper East Side. The Consulate-General of France in New York is located at 934 Fifth Avenue between 74th Street and 75th Street. The Consulate-General of Greece in New York is located at 69 East 79th Street (10021), occupying the former George L. Rives residence. The Consulate-General of Italy in New York is located at 690 Park Avenue(10065). The Consulate-General of India in New York is located at 3 East 64th Street between 5th Avenue and Madison Avenue. The Consulate-General of Pakistan in New York is located at 12 East 65th Street (10065).

Missions to the United Nations in the Upper East Side include:
* Albania
* Belarus
* Bulgaria
* Cameroon
* Cape Verde
* Côte d'Ivoire
* Czech Republic
* Iraq
* Mali
* Mongolia
* Myanmar
* Poland
* Serbia

The Upper East Side In popular culture:
The Upper East Side has been a setting for many movies, television shows, and many other media due to its world-class museums, expensive restaurants and boutiques, proximity to Central Park, elite schools, and influential residents.

Movies filmed in, or about The Upper East Side:
* 25th Hour (2002)
* American Psycho (2000)
* A Perfect Murder (1998)
* Autumn in New York (2000)
* Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961)
* Bride Wars (2009)
* Cruel Intentions (1999)
* Confessions of a Shopaholic (2009)
* Eyes Wide Shut (1999)(Although this film puports to depict the UES, the film's principal photography with all the actors and actresses was done in the UK. Including the scenes, where the Tom Cruise character was seen walking around were in fact all sound stages.)
* Juice (1992)
* Kramer vs. Kramer (1979)
* Live and Let Die (1973)
* Made of Honor (2008)
* Manhattan (1979)
* Manhattan Murder Mystery (1993)
* Metropolitan (1990)
* Men in Black (1997)
* One Fine Day (1996)
* Ransom (1996)
* Sex and the City: The Movie (2008)
* Sex and the City 2 (2010)
* Sex and the City 3 (2012)
* Six Degrees of Separation (1993)
* Tart (2001)
* The Back-up Plan (2010)
* The Bonfire of the Vanities (1990)
* The Bourne Ultimatum (2007)
* The Boys in the Band (1970)
* The Devil's Advocate (1997)
* The Devil Wears Prada (2007)
* The Muppets Take Manhattan (1984)
* The Nanny Diaries (2007)
* The Producers Roger De Bris townhouse. (2005)
* The Wackness
* The Women (2008)
* Two Weeks Notice (2002)

Upper East Side in TV
* Diff'rent Strokes (1978–1986)
* Dirty Sexy Money (2007–2008)
* Gossip Girl (2007–)
* Friends (1994-2004)
* High Society (2010–)
* How I Met Your Mother (2005–)
* Lipstick Jungle (2008–2009)
* NYC Prep (2009–)
* Sesame Street (1969–) (Various clues over the years suggest this)
* Sex and the City (1998–2004)
* The Jeffersons (1975–1985)
* The Nanny (1993–1999)
* The Real Housewives of New York City (2008–)
* Will & Grace (1998–2006)
* Ugly Betty (2006–2010)

The Upper East Side Books are:
* American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis
* Blue Bloods by Melissa de la Cruz
* Breakfast at Tiffany's by Truman Capote
* Chronic City by Jonathan Lethem
* Gossip Girl by Cecily von Ziegesar
* Gossip Girl: The Carlyles by Cecily von Ziegesar
* Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh
* Percy Jackson & the Olympians by Rick Riordan
* The A-List by Zoey Dean
* The Au-Pairs and Blue Blood Novels by Melissa de la Cruz
* The Analyst by John Katzenbach
* The Bonfire of the Vanities by Tom Wolfe
* The Bourne Identity by Robert Ludlum
* The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger
* The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
* The Luxe by Anna Godbersen
* The Nanny Diaries by Nicola Kraus and Emma McLaughlin
* The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot

Upper East Side Fictional places:
* Constance Billard School for Girls
* St. Judes School for Boys
* The Duchesne School
* Treadstone Seventy-One

The Upper East Side Famous Residence present, and past...
The Upper East Side neighborhood has a long tradition of being home to some of the world's most wealthy, powerful and influential families and individuals. Some of the Notable Famous residents previous, and present who have lived here in The Upper East Side include:
* Barbara Margolis, prisoners' rights advocate who served as official greeter of New York City.
* Caroline Kennedy, daughter of U.S. President John F. Kennedy
* Eliot Spitzer, former governor of NY State
* Gerald Garson, former NY Supreme Court Justice convicted of accepting bribes to manipulate outcomes of divorce proceedings
* Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, former First Lady
* Joan Didion, Award-winning author
* Jonathan Franzen, Pulitzer prize-winning novelist
* Lynn Pressman Raymond, toy and game innovator who was president of the Pressman Toy Corporation
* Martin Scorsese, Academy Award-winning film director
* Massimo & Lella Vignelli
* Madonna purchased $40 million mansion on East 81st Street at Lexington Avenue in 2009
* Malachi Martin, best-selling author
* Ricky Gervais, comedian
* Sarah Michelle Gellar, Award-winning actress
* Spike Lee, Emmy Award-winning director
* Woody Allen, film director, screenwriter, and actor

The Upper East Side discripition, and history before the Europeans arrived:
The area was defined by the attractions of the bluff overlooking the East River, which ran without interruption from James William Beekman's "Mount Pleasant", north of the marshy squalor of Turtle Bay, to Gracie Mansion, north of which the land sloped steeply to the wetlands that separated this area from the suburban village of Harlem. Among the series of villas a Schermerhorn country house overlooked the river at the foot of 73rd Street, and the Riker homestead at the foot of 75th Street. By the mid-19th century the farmland had largely been subdivided, with the exception of the 150 acres (0.61 km2) of Jones' Wood, stretching from 66th to 76th Streets and from the Old Post Road (Third Avenue) to the river and the farmland inherited by James Lenox, who divided it into blocks of houselots in the 1870s, built his Lenox Library on a Fifth Avenue lot, and donated a full square block for the Presbyterian Hospital, between 70th and 71st Streets, and Madison and Park Avenues. At that time, along the Boston Post Road taverns stood at the mile-markers, Five-Mile House at 72nd Street and Six-Mile House at 97th, a New Yorker recalled in 1893.
The functional future of The Upper East Side narrow strip between Central Park and the railroad cut was established at the outset by the nature of its entrance, in the southwest corner, north of the Vanderbilt family's favored stretch of Fifth Avenue in the 50s A row of handsome townhouses were built on speculation by Mary Mason Jones, who owned the entire block bounded by 57th and 58th Streets and Fifth and Madison; in 1870 she occupied the prominent corner house at 57th and Fifth, though not in the isolation described by her niece, Edith Wharton: The mouths of streams that eroded gullies in the East River bluffs are conjectured to have been the sites of fishing camps used by the Lenape, whose controlled burns once a generation or so kept the dense canopy of oak-hickory forest open at ground level. Reportedly "It was her habit to sit in a window of her sitting room on the ground floor, as if watching calmly for life and fashion to flow northward to her solitary door. She was sure that presently the quarries, the wooden greenhouses in ragged gardens, the rocks from which goats surveyed the scene, would vanish before the advance of residences as stately as her own."

In the 19th century The Upper East Side farmland and market garden district of what was to be the Upper East Side was still traversed by the Boston Post Road and, from 1837, the New York and Harlem Railroad, which brought straggling commercial development around its one station in the neighborhood, at 86th Street, which became the heart of German Yorkville.
Before the Park Avenue railroad cut was covered (finished in 1910), fashionable New Yorkers shunned the smoky railroad trench up Fourth Avenue (now Park Avenue), to build stylish mansions and townhouses on the large lots along Fifth Avenue Upper East Side, facing Central Park, and on the adjacent side streets. The latest arrivals were the rich Pittsburghers Andrew Carnegie and Henry Clay Frick. The classic phase of Gilded Age Fifth Avenue as a stretch of private mansions was not long-lasting: the first apartment house to replace a private mansion on upper Fifth Avenue was 907 Fifth Avenue (1916), at 72nd Street, the neighborhood's grand carriage entrance to Central Park.
Gracie Mansion, the last remaining suburban villa overlooking the East River, became the home of New York's mayor in 1942. The East River Drive, designed by Robert Moses, was extended southwards from the first section, from 125th Street to 92nd Street, which was completed in 1934 as a boulevard, an arterial highway running at street level; reconstruction designs from 1948 to 1966 converted FDR Drive, as it was renamed after Franklin Delano Roosevelt, into the full limited-access parkway that is in use today.
Most members of New York's upper-class families have made residences on the Upper East Side, including the oil-rich Rockefellers, political Roosevelts, political dynastic Kennedys, thoroughbred racing moneyed Whitneys, and tobacco and electric power fortuned Dukes.
Construction of the 3rd Avenue El, opened from 1878 in sections, followed by the 2nd Avenue El, opened in 1880, linked the Upper East Side's middle class and skilled artisans closely to the heart of the city, and confirmed the modest nature of the area to their east. The ghostly "Hamilton Square", which had appeared as one of the few genteel interruptions of the grid plan on city maps since the Commissioners' Plan of 1811, was intended to straddle what had now become the Harlem Railroad right-of-way between 66th and 69th Streets; it never materialized, though during the Panic of 1857 its unleveled ground was the scene of an open air mass meeting called in July to agitate for the secession of the city and its neighboring counties from New York State, and the city divided its acreage into house lots and sold them off. From the 1880s Yorkville, as it was known, extended east past Lexington Avenue and became a suburb of middle-class Germans, many worked in nearby piano factories, stables, and breweries.